Topeka High hoping to continue hot streak in Topeka Invitational

Topeka High, which enters the Topeka Invitational boys tournament on a three-game winning streak, will get the opportunity to avenge an earlier loss in Thursday’s first round.

 

The Trojans, 5-3 after wins at Hayden and Highland Park last week, will face Lawrence at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Highland Park. The Lions claimed a come-from-behind 44-39 win over High in the season opener.

“I’m really looking forward to that rematch with Lawrence,” High coach Pat Denney said. “It’s another quality opponent and we have a lot of respect for those guys. It doesn’t get any easier. It’s just going to keep getting harder and harder.

“I hope we’re up for the challenge. Three days in a row, and I hope we’re ready to play.”

Senior Larry White scored 50 points in the Trojans’ two wins last week while sophomore King Sutton scored a career-high 18 points in High’s win over Highland Park last Friday.

Only seven teams will compete in this year’s tournament, with Topeka West (6-2) earning a first-round bye. Also on that side of the bracket, Highland Park (5-4) will face Wichita South at 6 p.m. Thursday in the first round.

Wichita Northwest will take on defending tournament champion Vashon (Mo.) at 7:45 p.m. on the same side of the bracket with High and Lawrence.

Tournament semifinals are slated for 6 and 7:45 p.m. Friday, with the fifth-place game starting Saturday’s place games at 2 p.m.

Hayden teams at Basehor

Hayden’s boys and girls are both competing this week in the Basehor-Linwood Invitational, with Hayden’s boys now scheduled to play Thursday night after having tournament games postponed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Wildcats will play Kansas City-Schlagle at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and then will play a 3 p.m. game Friday against DeLaSalle (Mo.). Boys place games will be played on Saturday.

Hayden’s girls opened tournament play with a 54-45 win over Olathe North on Monday night and will face Holton in a 6 p.m. Friday semifinal.

Girls place games also will be played on Saturday.

Viking boys at Valley Center

Seaman’s boys will play Thursday through Saturday in the Valley Center tournament, opening with a 2 p.m. Thursday game against Garden City. Also on the Vikings’ side of the bracket are Maize South and Coffeyville, who will play at 7:15 p.m.

On the other side of the bracket, host Valley Center will play Ulysses at 5:30 p.m. and Wichita Southeast will take on Kansas City-Turner at 3:45.

Tournament semifinals are scheduled for 6:45 and 8:30 on Friday, with place games starting at noon Saturday. The championship game is set for 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Rural at Aquinas tourney

Washburn Rural’s boys will compete in Aquinas’ Saints Classic Thursday through Saturday, opening with a 4:30 p.m. Thursday game against Olathe East.

Also on that side of the bracket, Mill Valley will take on Barstow (Mo.) at 3 p.m.

On the other side of the bracket, host Aquinas will play Pembroke Hill (Mo.) at 6:15 p.m. and Bartlesville (Okla.) will take on Blue Valley at 7:45 p.m.

Semifinals will be played at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. on Friday, with place games starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. The championship game is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.

Heights boys at Chanute

Shawnee Heights’ boys will take part in the Ralph Miller Classic this week at Chanute, with the T-Birds playing Olathe North at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Also on that side of the bracket, Joplin (Mo.) will take on Goddard at 4:45 p.m.

On the other side of the bracket, Chanute will play Emporia at 8 p.m. Thursday and Andover Central will face Shawnee Mission South at 6:15.

Semifinals are set for 6:15 and 8 p.m. Friday, with place games starting at 2 p.m. Saturday. The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.

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